Heading for Oxford? Chiltern Railways has opened a new service: Trains are operating every 30 minutes from Marylebone station to Oxford Central, with a running time of 60 minutes. That’s competitive with the best times on the existing Great Western services from Paddington, and faster than many. Fares are competitive with fares on Great Western, starting at £7 (about $9) each way, off-peak.
Both routes operate with modern diesel multiple-unit trains, providing reasonable comfort levels by commuter standards. Presumably, most travelers will select which route based on whether they prefer Marylebone or Paddington for their London terminal.
— Ed Perkins, editor
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